Sunday, November 7, 2021
Ninth Sunday after the Holy Cross
 Behold, the LORD will lay waste the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
 The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled;
for the LORD has spoken this word.
 The earth mourns and withers,
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
 The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
 Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
 The wine mourns,
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
 The mirth of the timbrels is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
 No more do they drink wine with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
 The city of chaos is broken down,
every house is shut up so that none can enter.
 There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
all joy has reached its eventide;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
 Desolation is left in the city,
the gates are battered into ruins.
 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart,
 always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord.
 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
 Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
 For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church,
 because we are members of his body.
 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church;
 however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
 While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”
 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.”
 And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.
 And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.”
 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”
 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat.
 And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.
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